New biodiesel project comes to SoCal

By Ron Kotrba | February 23, 2010
Posted March 16, 2010

A new biodiesel project, Golden State Biofuel, is under development in southern California. Located in Indio, Calif., Golden State Biofuel is finalizing the permitting phase for its 1 MMgy biodiesel refinery being positioned in a preexisting Indio building.

Randall Lichner, chief operating officer for Hawaii Bioenergy-the parent company of Golden State Biofuel and Rocky Mountain Biodiesel in Parker, Colo.-said once permits are fully secured, the company will begin moving in its process equipment. Lichner said he anticipates the biodiesel plant to be fully operational by the middle of summer.

The Indio plant will employ continuous batch processing and be multifeedstock, even though Lichner added that used cooking oils will be the primary feedstock used.

Lichner also said the tax incentives available to biodiesel producers in California were a deciding factor in locating the project there, especially in an Enterprise Zone such as the one Golden State Biofuel is located in. Gross tax liability reductions, low interest loans and rebates on excise taxes are some of the incentives Lichner mentioned his project is taking advantage of.
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